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Wed
06
Sep
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I woke up early one morning and noticed that the back porch light was still on. When we let our cat out at night we turn on the light. I like to have him inside when we go to bed.

However, lately he has been prowling around at night.

I turned off the light and stuck my head out the door and called, “Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty.” If he’s in hearing distance, he comes quickly. This time there was no response.

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Wed
30
Aug
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

About a year ago, I lost something very near and dear to my heart. It was a golden necklace, made for me by Glenn Owers. He presented it to me on my retirement from The Sabine Index. (The first time!!)

The necklace was the cross and the flame, which is the symbol of the United Methodist Church.

 

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Wed
23
Aug
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Thank you BUZZ JENKINS & BRETT COURTNEY!! Church was out by 11 a.m. last Sunday, but I didn’t get home until 12:30 p.m. I live less than three miles from First Methodist, but somehow I got tangled up with two men—Hubby-dear and Brett Courtney—talking about campers. I listened patiently for about 45 minutes as they ran wires for cameras, examined special hitches made for Brett’s Jeep and even started planning a trip before I announced I was headed home. As I neared the Exxon station on Martin Luther King Blvd. my gas light came on, so I decided to get some petro in my Traverse. Good decision, but bad luck luck! After putting some gas in the car, I replaced the nozzle and twisted on the cap. As I turned around to get in, I realized the door was shut….with the keys inside. Naturally, it had locked itself with me standing on the outside. Darn!

Wed
23
Aug
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SANCTUARY CITIES

By Pete Abington

When you look at what all the fuss is about sanctuary cities it’s ridiculous. The law simply says that cities must comply with immigration requirements for federal grant programs, including mandates that state and local entities must allow federal immigration access to detention facilities and provide 48 hours notice before authorities release an illegal immigrant wanted by federal authorities. If the states comply they get the grants; if they do not, they get nothing. It’s like the ole Western movies when you have neutral ground and when no laws apply and opponents want no laws to apply and outlaws can live. You cannot do this in the U.S. They want illegal immigrants to live here and possibly do us harm and draw our financial support.

Wed
16
Aug
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

School is in session in Zachary. My two school-aged grandchildren, Riley Kate, a sixth grader and Braeden, a first grader, headed off to school with smiles on their faces, as evidence in their first day of school pictures sent to us from their Mommy.

Little Darby, 2, was to start daycare again. She was so excited to be going to “School” too, but when she arrived, she suddenly realized Mommy was going to leave her. It was a crying session for a few minutes, but after Mommy left, I’m sure she shut off the tears and reunited with her friends.

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Our Zachary crew came up last weekend. The purpose was not only to visit but for our beekeepers, Hubby-dear and granddaughter Riley Kate to harvest the first bit of honey from the hives.

There was an XL person in a white bee suit walking around the hives and a Small person in her bee suit following.

 

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Wed
02
Aug
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SOCIAL SECURITY

By Pete Abington

Stuffed in section B of the Shreveport Times on Sunday was an article, which I felt worth re-printing that, might give many of you relief. Social Security is not broke and don’t let anyone tell you that it is.

Social Security has $2.85 trillion in reserve and ran a $35 billion surplus in 2016. It is projected this surplus will continue for five more years. It might get a little bumpy after 2021, which is the year that the baby groomer generation lower life expectations hit. Social Security is expected to swing to a deficit, which will continue for the foreseeable future. What we need to worry about is 2034, at which time the Social Security trust funds are expected to be completely depleted. This concerns many of us.

 

Wed
02
Aug
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

 

We have been on high alert at the Ammons’ household this past week.

Stranger danger!! Hubby-dear and I were watching television the other night when my cat, Gibbs, came out with a guttural growl that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!!I got up and peered into the darkness. I saw nothing unusual. Everything looked fine when I switched the backporch light on. Gibbs, however, disagreed. He continued to growl as he sensed an unwelcome visitor. Several nights later, Gibbs and I went through the same routine. 

Growling and me checking. This time, I caught the culprits.Enjoying Gibbs’ water dish by the back door were two racoons. They were rather large. No, they were huge!!The smaller of the two unwelcome guests ran off, but the larger one was feeling a tad brave. He raised up on his back feet and just stared at me. I stared back…since I felt quite safe behind a closed door. 

 

Wed
26
Jul
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

It’s taken me years to make myself exercise. As a child, I suffered from asthma, so I wasn’t running around outside or playing games.

I was more of an inside child. I loved to read and play dolls.

Now don’t get me wrong, I was outside a lot…climbing trees, going to walks, riding my bike.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Letters to the Editor

Narconon offers help

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, it surpassed both car accidents and gun violence in number of deaths.

Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin need to be aware that opiates are the main contributors to this problem. With drug dealers across the United States mixing new and powerful synthetic drugs into street opiates such as heroin, the chance of accidental overdose has exponentially increased.

 

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